November 15, 2018

Pastor’s Corner….

The day before Thanksgiving an elderly man in Phoenix called his son in New York and said to him, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; 45 years of misery is enough. We’re sick of each other, and so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her.”

Frantic, the son called his sister, who exploded on the phone. “They are not getting divorced,” she shouted. “I’ll take care of this.”

She called Phoenix immediately, and said to her father. “You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t you do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?”

The man hung up his phone and turned to his wife. “Okay, honey. The kids are coming for Thanksgiving and paying for their own flights.”

Thanksgiving is a great family time. It’s when most families get together to eat, share, laugh, have a good time, and demonstrate love to one another. I VOTE FOR LOVING ONE ANOTHER!

Some people are fortunate enough to be with their family members on Thanksgiving. If so, thank God. Some don’t get to spend time with their family members on Thanksgiving, still, we must be thankful. IT IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO BE THANKFUL! We are blessed.  

Have a Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours,

Pastor Jayson and Family,


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October 25, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
“THE LOVE TEST” “Someone’s in the parking lot, and I think they’re going through cars.”
 
It was a Sunday morning in July 2016 at Faith Baptist Church in Glendale, Arizona. Lupe Menzoza was preparing to teach the teen Sunday School class when he was informed of suspicious behavior in the church parking lot. When he went to check it out, he realized that his phone, which he had left in his car, had been stolen.
Lupe knew who the culprit was: a young castaway boy named Cloude who frequently caused trouble. A conversation with Cloude and his father later that day was unhelpful—the boy denied the theft, and the language barrier kept Lupe from communicating with his father. Lupe walked away, writing it off as a lost cause.
The next morning, he found his phone in a ditch between the church and an apartment complex.
That’s when something clicked. No matter who had stolen his phone, this forgotten child needed to be ministered to. He needed Jesus.
“We need to help these kids,” Lupe, a high school history teacher, remembers thinking. “We need to do something with them. Either we are going to reach them, or the world is going to reach them.”
Every church has what I call their “love tests” which are comprised of a person or persons who may act or be different than you are. That person may do things that simply drive you nuts or sometimes drive you away. Consider those moments as your own love test. Jesus said that we must (not maybe) love one another. Whoever it is, whoever they come from, and however much they may push you to the edge, choose to love! Folks, I believe there are three clear marks in the lives of the closest followers of Christ….Loving, Giving, and Forgiving!
 
So please, take the time to love on your love test today.
 
Pastor Jayson

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October 18, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
One of the earliest heresies in the church was Gnosticism—a system of doctrine which ultimately denied the humanity of Christ. Were it not so serious, one could almost be amused at the distortions which have been preached relative to Jesus Christ. The first century denied His humanity; the twentieth century denies His deity. Thus, man has tried
both ends of heresy. Yet the truly Biblical doctrine is that He was fully and uniquely God as well as being perfectly human. Sometimes we so emphasize the deity of Christ that we neglect the fact that He was a man. The fact that He became a man is important for these two reasons:
(1) His humanity qualified Him to die for us. Jesus is described as our mediator (1 Timothy. 2:5). Paul said, &quote; For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.& quote; A mediator must be able to represent the positions of both of the parties which, though presently alienated, seek reconciliation. As a divine person, Jesus was more than qualified to represent God; as a man, He was qualified to represent humanity.
(2) The humanity of Jesus enabled Him to understand the nature of our problems. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need& quote; (Hebrews 4:15-16).
Although the doctrine of the deity of Christ is important and perhaps has been the object of more of our preaching, the doctrine of the humanity of Christ is also important. For this reason, John said that anyone who denied the humanity of Jesus was the anti-Christ (1 John. 4:2-3). Practically, the fact that Jesus became a man makes it easier for me to approach the throne of grace in my prayers. May the message today spark your prayer life that we all may approach Him more boldly.
Pastor Jayson

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October 11, 2018

Areawide unity can be a special thing when churches make an effort to join hands and hearts to worship and make a difference for the Kingdom!
“Adoration 2018” is coming once again to the ETSU Minidome on Sunday, October 21. Please remember there will NOT be an evening service at Sinking Creek next week during this exciting night of church unity. Our church will participate at the mini dome for “Adoration 2019” with the goal of fellowship with 1,000 other churches for praise and worship and to bring awareness to the drug crises in our area. The public prayer service will be from 1:30pm-4pm and the main event is from 6pm-9pm. Refreshments will be available at the concessions to enjoy as well. Different area guest speakers will be featured thru the evening. Anyone wanting to participate may meet at the mini dome’s main entrance at 5:45pm which will allow us to worship and sit together as a church. This will be a great evening of unity.
I hope to see you there!
Pastor Jayson

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October 5, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
Jennifer and I would like to thank all of you for your ongoing love and support as Jaycie Mae is still in the NICU at Vanderbilt as of today (Wednesday), and we covet your prayers as her three month mark approaches.
The baby’s progress has been steady yet her breathing still requires outside help with over 30% oxygen most of the time. She passed her hearing exam on Monday (Yay!) and awaiting to see the results of her eye exam. She’s also sleeping now in an open crib but still dependence on the oxygen. Her birth weight (as you know) was one pound and ten ounces. Currently she weighs in at a blazing four pounds and twelve ounces!! Safe to say she has no eating deficiencies! She is a fighter and all of us at home can’t wait until she is finally home.
I’ve discovered through this journey that prayer makes a big difference in our lives as Christians. We can go without and we should never be satisfied with substitutes. I pray that today’s message from the Word will guide you in your own prayer life that we all will discover boundless truths in the Lord’s model prayer.
 
Keep the Faith,
Pastor Jayson

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September 27, 2018

During the Cold War, the Strategic Air Command operated 24 hours a day as a shield of protection for our nation. This meant that at any point in a given day, there were fully combat-configured bombers flying to assure the safety of our nation.

Since these planes flew constantly, how did they remain full of gas? They did what is called mid-flight refueling. A refueling plane actually flew up next to the Strategic Air Command plane, docked in, and filled the plane with gas.

As a Christian, you need to learn how to refuel your life in mid-flight. You can’t just hop off to a tropical island every time you get tired and discouraged. You have to keep going. You have to learn how to recharge yourself in the middle of your hectic lifestyle.

The fact is, it takes energy to do God’s will. What do you do when you run out of energy? Psalm 94:19 says, “Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer” (TLB).

I suggest that once a day, you should go outside in your yard, sit down, and just be quiet. I’m not talking about reading your Bible. You ought to read your Bible every day, but I’m talking about getting alone for five minutes a day and being completely silent. Ask God a question, and then just sit there and listen.  You’ll be amazed how recharged you will be!

Pastor Jayson


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September 20, 2018

Pastor’s Corner…..
 

The apostle John tells us that “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Most people understand that when God gives us a “Thou shalt not” He means business. We understand that sin carries with it the penalty of spiritual death—separation from God (Rom. 6:23).

Have you ever thought about what God calls it when you commit some act He has called a sin, but you didn’t know that what you were doing was wrong, and thus sinned your in ignorance? Is it called:

  1. Grace
  2. Psyn
  3. Sin.                                      

The correct answer is #3.  Though some today have the attitude that “If ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise,” God has always held men accountable for their actions. In the Old Testament, God said, “If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally by doing something against any of the commandments of the Lord in anything which ought not to be done, and is guilty, or if his sin which he has sinned comes to his knowledge, then he shall bring as his offering a kid of the goats, a female without blemish for his sin which he has sinned” (Lev. 4:27-28). Even though one might have sinned unintentionally, the Lord still considered their action to be sinful, and thus held them accountable for their actions.

The apostle Paul tells us that the Old Testament was written “for our learning” (Rom. 15:4). While we are not under the Mosaic law today, we can learn many valuable lessons from it. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Paul himself had been responsible for the death of Christians, even though he “did it ignorantly in unbelief” (1 Tim. 1:13), and maintained a clean conscience the entire time (Acts 23:1).

We need to remind people today that sin is a serious matter—whether we sin intentionally or unintentionally. “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 9).

Pastor Jayson 


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Sept 13, 2018

Just sitting at my desk this morning, waiting for the remnants of hurricane Florence to bring us rain in several days. It’s like watching a tea pot on the stove and waiting for it to blow off steam. The sky is still much too bright for any serious participation. But, I am assured by the Weather Channel that rain is on its way.
Waiting has never been the strongest suit of mine, though I’ve made an effort over the years to be better at waiting. You know, I have never known anyone who enjoyed waiting–at least waiting in line at the grocery store or at a fast-food drive thru. However, changing perspective about the wait can make a lot of difference. What if I try to be pleasant, think about others, engage in conversation, and think happy thoughts while I wait? I think I will give it a try and see how things work out. The NICU seems to be a good test that God can use as well…trust me it’s true!
God’s people must learn how to wait for the fulfillment of His promises. James draws a practical example from everyday life, saying, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains” (Jas. 5:7). The farmer has learned to wait–to trust that rain is coming and his crop will produce its fruit. In the same way, James exhorts us to be patient and strengthen our hearts in knowing that the coming of the Lord is certain (vs. 8).
The inspired writer of the book of Hebrews says that while “it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment”, He “will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him” (Heb. 9:27-28). All who truly trust in God wait for the fulfillment of His promises. “Eagerly awaiting” is an expression of our love and trust in the Lord.
Our hearts are strengthened by these words of the prophet: “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary” (Isa. 40:31). With the assurance of such promises, we can both endure the wait and find strength while we wait.
Happy Homecoming,
Pastor Jayson

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Pastor’s Corner

The gospel of Jesus Christ is intended for all races and classes of humanity. It is intended to save the most morally upright person this nation has, as well as the vilest of sinners. This is because the gospel can change the hearts of men and women and bring about their conversion (Matt. 18:3; Acts 3:19). Some unlikely prospects for the gospel have proven to be capable of conversion, such as Saul of Tarsus, Cornelius, a Roman military officer, Matthew the tax collector, and the Philippian jailer. To most Christians, these men might not have been considered “good prospects” for the gospel.
What can we learn from the conversions of these men?
 
1) We Must Not Prejudge The Hearts Of Men. Even Paul, one who was “formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man,” and who considered himself to be the chief of sinners, could be obtain mercy from God.
2) Christ Can Change The Hearts Of Men. At our conversion, we become new creatures. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).
3) The Gospel Has Not Lost Its Power. The gospel is still “living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12), and is still “the power of God to salvation” (Rom. 1:16). We must preach what people need, not what they want.
 
If you are a Christian, use your opportunities to teach the gospel. If you are not a Christian, remember that the gospel will be the standard of judgment. “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).
Pastor Jayson

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